Doucet recently visited Kaslo in the Kootenays to see how that town was able to organize its community forest. He believes the first step for Pemberton is to gather widespread community input.
"Thats the idea of a community forest, that the community would set the objectives of how the allowable cut would be cut. You can set the standards on trees and coverage and how much to leave," said Doucet. "But were no where near a community forest; we need the community to come together to start a community forest committee."
The history of Pembertons community forest is related to Weyerhaeusers controversial decision not to log the area behind the Signal Hill elementary school last September. Weyerhaeuser still owns the rights to that timber and they will have to be compensated, in some way, for not cutting it.
Doucet said he was not aware of any correlation between Weyhaeusers timber and Pembertons community forest but he did acknowledge that the community forest would be made up from "the allowable cut that theyre (the province) taking back from the big companies."
"Theyre giving this wood out to communities and there could be competition for this wood," he said. "Squamish might get it or maybe Pemberton, because were looking at doing a joint community forest with Mount Currie since were so close, and the forests all around the Pemberton Valley should be included.
"Theres a long way before we get it, but if we do well have an opportunity to say that theres a percentage of that wood that we could keep in our community and thatd be great."
Doucet said ideally 10 or 12 people from the community would come forward to form a community forest committee and anyone interested should contact the council.